Above: Triptych with the Crucifixion, the Lamentation and the Ascension
The Art Gallery of Ontario is hosting an exhibit featuring art from Renaissance Florence. Themes related to the Catholic Church and the faith are central to many works from that era. The AGO kindly shared with us an example of some of the pieces featured in the exhibit.
Triptych with the Crucifixion, the Lamentation and the Ascension
By Sasha Suda
Assistant Curator European art at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art features over 90 rare art works from the period 1300 to 1350. One of my favourite pieces in the exhibition is this beautiful triptych by the obscure but prolific Florentine artist Pacino Di Bonaguida. Rescued from obscurity by art historians in the 1930’s, Pacino spent his entire career in Florence, where, in addition to altarpieces, he painted miniatures and decorations for illuminated manuscripts. Painted with tempera on panel, this triptych depicts the Lamentation, Crucifixion and Ascension. Because it is unusual for the lateral panels of a triptych to be the same width and height as the centre panels, it is often thought that this work may have been originally a pentaptych with two other (now missing) scenes, possibly the Agony in the Garden, Flagellation, or Via Crucis. One of 45 loans secured for this monumental exhibition, this work comes to the Art Gallery of Ontario from the ALANA collection in Delaware.